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RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone in Singapore

New addition to the globally popular BlackBerry Curve series is fast, easy-to-use, richly-featured and BlackBerry 6 ready

Singapore – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry  Curve  3G, an exciting addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones. Designed to provide the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice, the BlackBerry Curve 3G supports high-speed 3G (HSDPA) networks around the world and gives users the exceptional communications features they need to accomplish more than ever, when they’re at home, at work and everywhere in-between.

“The BlackBerry Curve 3G is both an accessible and feature-rich smartphone, which will be popular with customers in Singapore who highly value communications and productivity tools that help them get ahead of their day. With the ability to connect to 3G and Wi-Fi networks, users can access information and communicate quickly with the people that matter most, as well as take advantage of useful features like built-in GPS to share their location on BBM and social networking sites,” said Gregory Wade, Managing Director, South East Asia, RIM.

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Facebook denies building smartphone

Facebook has denied several reports that it is developing a smartphone, in a move which would up the competition between itself and major rivals, Google and Apple.

Reports yesterday alleged that Facebook is developing smartphone software, according to a “source with knowledge of the project”.

Yesterday TechCrunch, a technology specialist site, ran a saying the company was developing mobile phone software, citing a “source with knowledge of the project”.

Technology blog Techcrunch reported: “Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Which is exactly what Apple and everyone else does, too…”

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Twitter unveils multimedia-friendly redesign

Microblogging site Twitter will now support photos and videos shared by users directly from the Twitter homepage

The new-look Twitter.com website will feature a multimedia pane, containing videos and photos that can be viewed from within the browser while also reading tweets

The new-look Twitter.com website, which was unveiled last night, features a new viewing ‘pane’ that will display videos and photos, shared through Twitter by its users, directly within the homepage.

Previously, users had to click away from Twitter.com to view pictures and video on third-party sites, such as TwitPic or yFrog. The images and videos will be displayed alongside tweets from a user’s Twitter stream.

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YouTube tests live video streaming

Google is testing live video streaming on YouTube, in a move that will challenge the likes of Livestream, UStream and Justin.tv


Google has launched a two-day livestreaming trial on its video-sharing website, YouTube

The two-day trial, in association with a number of content partners, including Rocketboom and Young Hollywood, is aimed at testing YouTube’s ability to deliver consistent live streams, and to experiment with live comments, to which content providers can respond in real time.

The alpha testing, which starts today, is Google’s first step towards providing a full live-streaming service through its YouTube website. Live streaming has been mooted for years, and YouTube has broadcast one-off events live, including U2’s concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, cricket from the Indian Premier League, and a State of the Union address from Barack Obama.

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Nokia N8 to launch 1 October

Nokia’s long-awaited smartphone will finally launch on all networks on 1 Octobe

Comeback kid: Nokia’s new N8 could be set to launch a fightback by the company

The N8, first announced in April, will finally be available to consumers on 1 October, Nokia has disclosed. The smartphone, based on the Symbian 3 operating system, includes a 12mp camera and will be available from Carphone Warehouse, O2, Orange, Phones4u, T-Mobile, Tesco Phone Shops, Three Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone.

Nokia is pinning its hopes on the N8 and the forthcoming N9 to challenge the dominance of Apple and Google in the profitable smartphone area. Although Nokia continues to be the world’s largest producer of mobile phones, its dominance is increasingly limited to the developing world, as Apple and manufacturers making phones for Google’s Android operating system take an increasing part of the Western mobile market. Many African markets, however, are increasingly using phones made by Chinese manufactuers such as ZTE, so Nokia’s share is being squeezed on several fronts.

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Apple event September 2010: New Apple TV, iPods and Ping social network unveiled

Apple has unveiled a new music social network that could rival Facebook and Twitter, as well as an Apple TV that can stream movies and television shows directly from the internet

Steve Jobs announces a new touch-screen version of the iPod Nano

Apple has thrown down the gauntlet to Facebook and Twitter with the launch of a new social-networking service designed specifically for music fans.

Ping, a social music discovery service, is built in to Apple’s iTunes software, a programme used by more than 160 million people to download songs and organise their music library.

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Microsoft to increase Xbox Live subscription fee

The cost of subscribing to Xbox Live Gold will increase by £1 per month, Microsoft has confirmed

Subscribers to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service will have to pay an extra £1 per month from Nov 1 to play games online

Microsoft has announced that it will be increasing the cost of subscriptions to its online gaming portal, Xbox Live.

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YouTube adds movies on demand

Video service YouTube is adding more than 400 full-length films and starting a new movie category that it ‘hopes will grow in time’

YouTube has added a new section for on-demand movies

More than 400 movies will be available on YouTube for viewers to watch in full for free, the website has announced. Titles on youtube.com/movies will include a range that “brings together a library of film ranging from past mainstream hits to cult classics and beyond, and YouTube hopes the Movies section will grow in time”, the company said.

YouTube has also announced a new partnership with http://www.blinkbox.com, the British online film and TV aggregator. The site will be making 165 films available as part of the new Movies section, with titles including The Addiction, which was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Dark Side Of The Sun, starring Brad Pitt and Death Train, starring Pierce Brosnan.

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Facebook now ‘worth $33 billion’

Facebook is now worth as much as $33.7 billion, after investors have paid up to $76 for a share in the company ahead of its much-hyped flotation on the stock market, according to a report.

The Financial Times has said that the implied valuation means that Facebook is now has a higher valuation than technology giants such as eBay and Yahoo!, which have capped market values of $30.1 billion and $18.3 billion respectively.

David Gelles, a reporter for The Financial Times wrote: “Common stock in Facebook is trading as high as $76 a share as investors scramble to get a piece of the company before it files for an initial public offering, which analysts say could be the biggest technology IPO since Google’s $1.67bn flotation in 2004.

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New Amazon Kindle sells out

Amazon‘s new eReader has sold out before it has even shipped to the public, according the retailer’s website

Amazon’s Kindle eReader has sold out before it was supposed to ship to the public tomorrow. The £109 device, which can store up to 3,500 books and access the internet via an “experimental” browser, will not now arrive with new customers until the middle of next month.

A statement on Amazon.co.uk said “Due to strong customer demand, Kindle is temporarily sold out. Order now to reserve your place in the queue. Orders are prioritised on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders placed today are expected to dispatch on or before September 17.” The device is also sold out on the company’s US website.

The company haD announced that two new, lighter and smaller versions of the Kindle would ship on August 27, retailing at £109 for a Wi-Fi only version and £149 for a 3G wireless version. The long-awaited launch follows the American launch of the original Kindle in November 2007. The ebook reader has subsequently been the top selling product on Amazon.com for the past two years.

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